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Health Nut: Doctors Losing Sleep Over Sleeping Pills

Is falling asleep 10 minutes faster and sleeping 32 minutes longer worth the $3.50 per sleeping pill? Patients may think so. While the actual added sleep is 42 minutes, patients’ perceived increase in sleep time was up to 52 minutes, with certain sleep medications. A New York Times article discussed the controversy on sleep pills’

Get Inspired: Straight off the runway…Urban Outfitters!

I honestly don’t know how I could’ve been writing about “inspirational” topics for a couple weeks now and I still haven’t let you all know about my particular favorite inspiration source: Urban Outfitters.

UO is a store and a website that offers fabulous clothes and accessories that you won’t find at your typical Abercrombie & Fitch store. For all of you A&F die-hards, no offense, but I am so over looking like every other little girl on my campus. And thanks to UO, I don’t have to anymore! From asymmetrical wraps to slouchy suede boots, this place has got you covered.

I typically shop through their website because I find it more organized. With a couple of clicks, I can go to a particular section, scroll down, and find exactly what I’m looking for! The store seems, er, shall I say…grungy almost? Everything is just piled on top of each other and I’m constantly flipping over various items from their apartment furnishing collection to find a pair of opaque tights which I could’ve found and bought from the website within the same amount of time. So I would definitely recommend checking out the www’s before heading over to your nearest UO boutique.

One of my favorite things about UO is that they are up to date with all the latest trends. No, I’m not talking about the high school style of fashion, but rather about the latest designer collections that are hitting the runway at this very moment. Ever heard of Mark Eisen? He has a great line called Karoo and one of the items that are very hot this season is his sweater dress (pictured on the left in beige). But as a poor college girl, there were too many digits in the price tag for me. So, I checked out UO and voila! I found a very similar sweater dress (pictured on the left in plum) for a mere $48. Can you see the difference?

So, right when you’re about to throw both hands in the air forfeiting your inner fashionista’s urge to look superb, don’t give up. Just go to Urban Outfitters, and you’ll be strutting in your new sweater dress looking like a million bucks before you know it.

Get Empowered: Would You Know What to Do If Your Car Broke Down?

Would you know what to do if your car broke down?

Get Inspired: "Extra" Beauty

I don’t know about any of you, but I hate when people try to define beauty. Beauty is different for us all. In society there seems to be the view that you have to look a certain way to be beautiful. And if you aren’t that then you can only be “cute”, “pretty”, “average” – but never be labeled as beautiful.

I read an article today on Yahoo about a contest inviting European beauties to a modeling contest in Germany – only difference is all of the models are disabled. These young women are trying to show that beauty and disability don’t have to be separate categories and they too are beautiful.

The standard of what is seen as beautiful can be hard to measure up to. In America the idea of a model has always been the very tall, skinny flawless type. Other the years the modeling field has gotten a bit more diverse with girls from different ethnicities walking the runway, but there still is discrimination when it comes to modeling.

Even in plus size modeling there are certain requirements women are expected to have. Just like mainstream models they must be a certain height. Plus size models should be between 5’8 and 6’0 (some agencies have exceptions for being 5’7), according to the Tyra Banks website.

I used to think that plus size modeling meant any woman who was not skinny, but in most cases it simply means you are above “average”. Women that are larger sizes like 20, 22 are rarely used in plus size modeling. The sizes used are 12, 14, 16, and sometimes 18/20(but not common). Plus size models may be plus sized, but guess what? They are still expected to be toned, and have a certain hip, bust, and waist ratio.

While I am glad that there are more women being represented who may not be a size 0 or a 2, it still upsets me that even in plus size modeling there are strict requirements. Yes, it just might be they think society prefers seeing smaller women, and yes it is healthier to not be overweight, but some people are just more prone to being a certain size.

My opinion is if you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful and that is it. Yes, you should be presentable in any type of modeling and prepared for their standards; however I think modeling still limits people. Even with height requirements, it limits. Modeling agencies assume that it is visually more appealing to see taller women on the runway.

But that’s hard considering the average height for a woman is 5’4 or literally 5' 3.7. I completely understand requirements, but I’m not a fan of the modeling industry in general. The women especially in mainstream modeling tends to be unrealistically skinny, which is fine, were people not given the idea this is some kind of standard for beauty. I do not understand how something can be a standard for beauty when most people don’t fit that standard.

I love Tyra Banks, and both of her shows, but I get more and more disappointed every season. Yes, they decided not to have any plus size models this season on America's Next Top Model, but in the past they have. Every time there was a plus size model she never won because at first the judges claimed they wanted to be accepting, but at the end would then find the girl’s weight a problem.

My opinion was if you didn’t want to pick a plus size model ever, don’t put her on the show and exploit her as being the “bigger” girl. One plus size model who was on the show and has gotten many endorsements was one of my favorites, Tocarra (pictured left). That is the way the modeling world is, but many little girls watch that show, and basically they were seeing women who looked normal weight just their moms or older sisters, but they were labeled as plus sized. I never knew that someone who was like 139 pounds would be considered plus size!

Whether you are a skinny, plus size, or somewhere in between if you feel you are beautiful you are. As women we need to stop being so judgmental, find confidence in ourselves and not put one another down. I don’t have a problem with what people find beautiful. But I have a big problem with people trying to standardize what is NOT beautiful.

Get Inspired: “Extra” Beauty

I don’t know about any of you, but I hate when people try to define beauty. Beauty is different for us all. In society there seems to be the view that you have to look a certain way to be beautiful. And if you aren’t that then you can only be “cute”, “pretty”, “average” – but never be labeled as beautiful.

I read an article today on Yahoo about a contest inviting European beauties to a modeling contest in Germany – only difference is all of the models are disabled. These young women are trying to show that beauty and disability don’t have to be separate categories and they too are beautiful.

The standard of what is seen as beautiful can be hard to measure up to. In America the idea of a model has always been the very tall, skinny flawless type. Other the years the modeling field has gotten a bit more diverse with girls from different ethnicities walking the runway, but there still is discrimination when it comes to modeling.

Even in plus size modeling there are certain requirements women are expected to have. Just like mainstream models they must be a certain height. Plus size models should be between 5’8 and 6’0 (some agencies have exceptions for being 5’7), according to the Tyra Banks website.

I used to think that plus size modeling meant any woman who was not skinny, but in most cases it simply means you are above “average”. Women that are larger sizes like 20, 22 are rarely used in plus size modeling. The sizes used are 12, 14, 16, and sometimes 18/20(but not common). Plus size models may be plus sized, but guess what? They are still expected to be toned, and have a certain hip, bust, and waist ratio.

While I am glad that there are more women being represented who may not be a size 0 or a 2, it still upsets me that even in plus size modeling there are strict requirements. Yes, it just might be they think society prefers seeing smaller women, and yes it is healthier to not be overweight, but some people are just more prone to being a certain size.

My opinion is if you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful and that is it. Yes, you should be presentable in any type of modeling and prepared for their standards; however I think modeling still limits people. Even with height requirements, it limits. Modeling agencies assume that it is visually more appealing to see taller women on the runway.

But that’s hard considering the average height for a woman is 5’4 or literally 5' 3.7. I completely understand requirements, but I’m not a fan of the modeling industry in general. The women especially in mainstream modeling tends to be unrealistically skinny, which is fine, were people not given the idea this is some kind of standard for beauty. I do not understand how something can be a standard for beauty when most people don’t fit that standard.

I love Tyra Banks, and both of her shows, but I get more and more disappointed every season. Yes, they decided not to have any plus size models this season on America's Next Top Model, but in the past they have. Every time there was a plus size model she never won because at first the judges claimed they wanted to be accepting, but at the end would then find the girl’s weight a problem.

My opinion was if you didn’t want to pick a plus size model ever, don’t put her on the show and exploit her as being the “bigger” girl. One plus size model who was on the show and has gotten many endorsements was one of my favorites, Tocarra (pictured left). That is the way the modeling world is, but many little girls watch that show, and basically they were seeing women who looked normal weight just their moms or older sisters, but they were labeled as plus sized. I never knew that someone who was like 139 pounds would be considered plus size!

Whether you are a skinny, plus size, or somewhere in between if you feel you are beautiful you are. As women we need to stop being so judgmental, find confidence in ourselves and not put one another down. I don’t have a problem with what people find beautiful. But I have a big problem with people trying to standardize what is NOT beautiful.

Politically Savvy: Republican Debates

With the primaries coming up just around the corner in January, the presidential race is getting hotter every week. Last night, the republican candidates got together in Florida for another lively debate, and this one was even more emotional than ever, with the sharp insults flying.  "We're not going to keep Hillary Clinton out of

How Many “Top Friends” Do You Have?

"This Top Friends application on Facebook is only asking for hurt feelings or ridicule. "

How Many "Top Friends" Do You Have?

"This Top Friends application on Facebook is only asking for hurt feelings or ridicule. "

One Button-Down Shirt–Four Ways to Wear It

"I've chosen a basic item and put together pieces to make four different outfits. This week's item is a white button-down shirt from Target. At first glance, it seems very simple--not to mention dreary and boring--but matched with the right items, it serves as the foundation for the perfect fall outfits."

Glimpse of Gorgeous: Smell as Good as You Look!

Some people smell the same way their entire lives. I, on the other hand spritz myself with perfume upon leaving the house every morning and then again in the evening (if I go out), and after a year, I am so sick of it, so I replace it with another bottle of smelly goodness until I eventually tire of that one as well. I've tried unsuccessfully to maintain a signature scent. I want so desperately to love Chanel No. 5. It would be so Marilyn of me, but I just can't bring myself to wear it, not even to bed.

On the other hand, I do think it is important for a girl to smell good at all times. I mean, you look good, you feel good, why not exercise another of the five senses and smell great too? Here are some of my favorite scents for those of you who also happen to be plagued with fragrance ADD.

1.) Princess by Vera Wang: So rich and beautiful! It really does make you smell like a princess!

2.) Daisy by Marc Jacobs: It's my new favorite. I asked for it for my birthday. The woman at the Macy's fragrance counter got a real kick out of saying "a dollop of Daisy" over and over again.

3.) Chance by Chanel: It's young and light and reminds me of my best friend.

4.) Hello Hydration by Herbal Essences: for the allergically inclined or maybe just those with dry hair. Either way, it smells amazing!

5.) Tahiti, Sweetie! hand cream by Bath and Body Works: a little piece of summer all year round.

6.) Oil of Olay Ribbons Bodywash: It's so thick like lotion and the fresh smell stays on your skin all day long.

7.) Yellow Cake, Thanksgiving Dinner, Bon Fires, Cinnamon Rolls, and boys who wear Tommy cologne: I've submitted these as suggestions for new fragrances, maybe Britney Spears or Usher will pick them up.

Experiment with these scents or others that you love. Combine them for your own unique smell (mmm...yellow cake and bonfires!) If you already have a signature scent, hold onto it because there are millions of girls out there suffering from "fragrance ADD".

Whether you wear Chanel No. 5 to bed (ugh I'm so jealous!) or prefer just plain old soap, smell GORGEOUS! and be GORGEOUS!